West Vancouver, BC – West Vancouver Memorial Library’s 2013 Annual Report was presented to Council and the public today. The report highlights the Library’s many accomplishments in 2013, and its ongoing support of our community’s adoption of new technologies and appetite for knowledge, stories and connections.
“To me, the strongest indicator of our success is how we are perceived by the community,” says West Vancouver Memorial Library Board Chair Kirsty Farquharson. “Our 98 per cent satisfaction rate in the 2013 West Vancouver Community Survey speaks for itself. We are excelling as leaders who navigate information, connect people with ideas and inspire discovery.”
In March, the Library opened Room 14, a new space created by teens for teens that strikes a balance between scholarly pursuits and personal passions. Room 14 features areas for hanging out, reading, projects, studying and meetings, as well as free Wi-Fi, PC and Mac computers, a 55” multifunctional video display, and rich physical and digital collections specific to teens.
The Library also enhanced its digital presence with the launch of a new mobile-friendly website in July, www.westvanlibrary.ca. New pages range from Technology Help to Explore Your Topic, featuring the best of our databases, physical collections and recommended sites. More than 30,000 downloadable ebooks, audiobooks and millions of e-music tracks are available, in addition to online newspapers and magazines. A new catalogue lets users rate and review favourites, make lists and interact with a growing community.
The District of West Vancouver and the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation jointly contributed to the funding for both Room 14 and the Library’s new website.
“The Library is doing an exceptional job of adapting and responding to our community’s evolving needs,” says Councillor and Library Board Trustee Michael Lewis. “From its founding, the Library has benefited from a long history of support from the community. The in-kind and financial contributions received from dedicated volunteers, numerous community partnerships, as well as the Library’s fundraising groups, the Foundation and the Friends, are important for leveraging our resources and providing the enhancements that we all share and enjoy.”
Other highlights from the past year include seismic upgrades to the Library’s Main Hall, improved lighting to its much loved stained glass window, Harmony, numerous retrofit improvements, and renovated lower level washrooms. The Youth Department’s new App Tumblr — full of great apps for kids, teens, parents and educators — was featured in the Canadian Library Association’s journal Feliciter and presented at the 2014 B.C. Library Association Conference.
The 2013 Annual Report can be viewed online or picked up at the service desks in the Library.
West Vancouver Memorial Library connects people with ideas, information and the world of imagination. The Library’s vision is to be recognized as the leader in navigating information, and as a dynamic space that inspires discovery and connection.
David Carson, Communications and Event Coordinator